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Are There Medical Benefits of Breast Implant Removal (Explant) Surgery?

Breast implants are not considered a lifelong medical device, lasting an average of 10 to 20 years before they should be exchanged or removed. Breast implant removal or breast explant surgery is a customizable procedure to remove breast implants and enhance the breast’s appearance. For some women, the benefits of breast explant surgery are cosmetic, but for others, there may be significant medical benefits of breast implant removal.

What Is Breast Implant Removal (Explant) Surgery?

The aim of breast implant removal is to remove implants and restore breasts to their natural size and shape, remove hardened scar tissue to alleviate discomfort, or update implants to improve the appearance of the breasts. For some patients to achieve optimal cosmetic results, they may require another breast rejuvenation procedure, like a breast lift, in conjunction with their breast explant.

Why Do Some Women Choose Explant Surgery Over Replacement?

Just as the reasons women choose breast augmentation vary, so do the reasons for choosing breast explant. From difficulties with implant appearance and medical concerns to a change in personal body image and lifestyle, breast explant surgery removes the implants to enhance breast appearance and overall wellbeing of the patient.

A few reasons women may choose to remove their breast implants may include:

  • No longer happy with breast implants
  • Personal style preference or lifestyle changes
  • Desire more natural breast feel and appearance
  • Improved self-esteem or body image
  • Implant complications—rippling, asymmetry, infection, rupture, or capsular contracture
  • Increased ability to monitor breast health
  • Avoid future breast-implant related complications
  • Alleviate unexplained symptoms potentially associated with Breast Implant Illness

How Can Explant Surgery Benefit Physical Health?

While many women experience no issues with their breast implants, some women experience complications, such as pain, infection, or capsular contracture—a hardening of the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant. For women experiencing breast implant issues, breast implant removal can improve overall breast health.

By removing breast implants, it becomes easier to monitor and detect potential changes in the breast tissue. Earlier detection of health concerns like breast cancer is significantly important. Breast implant removal can also reduce the risk of rare conditions, including Breast Implant Associated Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and breast implant illness (BII).

While not breast cancer, BIA-ALCL is an extremely rare cancer associated with certain types of textured breast implants. It is important to note that BIA-ALCL risks are very low, but by removing breast implants, patients can eliminate the risk.

BII is not an official medical diagnosis and is not well understood. It is an unexplainable collection of systemic symptoms that can begin any time after breast implant surgery. This condition affects patients uniquely and can impact their daily lives and quality of life.

Common BII symptoms can include:

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Depression, anxiety, or panic attacks
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Hormonal changes
  • Skin concerns
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Can Explant Surgery Alleviate Breast Implant Illness (BII) Symptoms?

Currently, there is limited evidence linking breast implants to the symptoms some patients experience. However, much research is being conducted regarding breast implants and BII, causing much controversy in the plastic surgery industry.

If you suspect your symptoms are caused by BII, it’s important to seek medical attention from your primary doctor and your plastic surgeon. For many women, breast explant with a capsulectomy (removal of the scar tissue capsule) significantly reduces or eliminates their BII symptoms.

What Are the Psychological Benefits of Breast Implant Removal?

Many women choose breast implants for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. However, they may change their style preferences or lifestyle, and breast implants no longer fit their identity, causing mental health concerns.

For patients who are no longer happy with the appearance of their implants or who have experienced complications, removing breast implants can lead to increased confidence, body positivity, and reduced mental health stressors. By embracing a more natural look, patients can grow more comfortable in their own skin and gain empowerment in redefining themselves and their femininity.

How Does Explant Surgery Affect Body Image and Self-Esteem?

A person’s self-image is often evolving, and the body contouring choices they previously made may no longer support the person they currently identify as. Breast implant removal may empower these individuals to restore their body image and confidence.

Many individuals who have breast implants find larger breasts no longer suit their lifestyle. For these individuals, breast implant removal helps them reclaim their body confidence and realign their self-image and their outward appearance.

What Are the Alternatives to Breast Implant Removal?

When you make the choice to have your breast implants removed, it’s important to know your options. Your decision after breast implant removal is incredibly personal, and it shouldn’t be made lightly.

  • Implant Exchange. Breast revision surgeries are typically performed to upgrade to newer materials, such as exchanging saline implants for a silicone implant, or a different size, type, or shape.
  • Breast Implant Exchange with a Lift. Exchanging implants replaces the volume that was removed. Adding a lift can address sagging skin or drooping breasts.
  • Breast Reduction. Breasts and implants can become a heavy burden. Many women will choose to remove their implants and reduce breast size for comfort or to fit better in their lifestyle.
  • Breast Implant Removal and Lift. When breast implant removal with lift is performed, the procedure can reduce excess skin and fat to correct sagging and restore breast appearance.
  • Fat Transfer. In fat transfer, fat cells are removed from a donor site—abdomen, thighs, or buttocks—via liposuction, purified, then strategically injected into the breasts to add volume, shape, and contour. Fat transfer can be performed with a breast lift for optimal results.
  • Going Flat After Breast Implant Removal. Often, the decision to go flat follows a mastectomy due to a cancer diagnosis and removes all extra skin, fat, and tissue, creating a smooth, flat chest wall.

How Do I Decide If Explant Surgery is Right for Me?

Candidates for breast explant surgery are those patients in good overall health, who may:

  • No longer enjoy the appearance of implants
  • Experience discomfort and pain
  • Find implants are too heavy
  • Experience capsular contracture
  • Have an implant leak or rupture or suggested leak or rupture

Generally, Florida breast explant candidates should:

  • Be in good overall health
  • Not smoke, or be willing to quit prior to surgery
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Understand the surgical risks

Breast Implant Removal Before and After Results

Be sure to review Dr. Hamwi’s before and after breast implant removal patient results in our gallery.

Choosing Dr. Kristopher Hamwi for Your Breast Explant in Florida

The first step to a successful breast explant is selecting an experienced provider who understands your personal decision, aesthetic goals, and concerns. Double board-certified Dr. Kristopher Hamwi aims to deliver results that enhance your overall figure and achieve your goals, making him your choice for the best breast rejuvenation procedures in Sarasota.

During your personal complimentary consultation with Dr. Hamwi, he will ensure you understand your breast implant removal options and details, including:

  • After breast implant removal side effects
  • Breast implant removal recovery
  • Cost of breast implant removal
  • Options for medically necessary breast implant removal

Contact us today or call (941) 800-2000 to learn about your breast implant removal near me options.